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O Lord, hear my prayer, and let my cry come to you. — Psalm 102:2
Mass readings: Numbers 21:4-9 / John 8:21-30
Many people favor the Gospel of John, with its strong and repeated sense of God’s love for us. And, I must admit, some passages capture my spirit in profound ways. However, I’m often confused. Today’s Gospel, for example, makes me struggle as I try to connect with its message. I think I’ve discovered why.
In the Synoptic Gospel passages, I enjoy feeling superior to the Pharisees and the Sadducees. In Matthew, Mark and Luke, the fast-paced narrative style sweeps me along. The parables capture my literary imagination, as if I were there. I can watch in smugness, as the Pharisees just don’t understand Jesus. Yet here I am in today’s Gospel, feeling as bewildered as Jesus’ enemies. Jesus’ troublesome questions throw me off balance. I’m being forced into a deeper understanding.
Prayer: I’m grateful, Lord, for the challenge of being confused.
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